29 May 2014

{Cape Town}: Luxury Apartments + Waterfront Favorites

If you've been following this blog for any amount of time you probably already know that I have a soft spot for Cape Town.  The city was my very first introduction to South Africa and it also happens to be where I met my handsome soon-to-be husband.  Since said husband-to-be's parents live near Cape Town, along with many of our closest friends, we tend to find ourselves in that part of the country a lot.  Especially when you're at the age where everyone and their mother seems to be getting married.  But, I digress.

Any weekend spent in Cape Town is a good one in my books.

Things to Do in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Since Cape Town feels like a second home, we've developed a terrible habit of forgetting to play tourist when we visit.  As we drive past the yachts that line the V&A Waterfront or gaze at the cable cars on their way up Table Mountain, we always promise that we'll set aside a day or two to enjoy all that the city has to offer, but somehow time manages to slip away and before I know it we're back on a plane bound for Jo'burg.

...Which is precisely why I jumped at the opportunity to partner with Lawhill Luxury Apartments on our last trip into the Mother City.  Ideally situated in the waterfront, our weekend escape was filled with beautiful marina views, copious amounts of good food {with the poundage to prove it} and lazy evening walks along the harbor.  And while I can travel on a budget like a champ, living the high life never felt so good.

The entire weekend was like one long, wonderful dream that I didn't want to end.

Perfect location aside, one of my favorite things about our apartment was that it offered an upmarket self-catering option, meaning that we were able to save on smaller meals and then splurge on dinner in the evenings.  We stopped at the market on our first morning in Cape Town and then made ourselves breakfast and lunch at the flat throughout the rest of our stay.  Even if we had wanted to pay the exorbitant restaurant prices that Cape Town's Waterfront is known for, we would't have been able to find a better view than the one we had from our own balcony.

And when we did venture out in the evenings, we were able to walk.

In fact, I don't think we drove anywhere once during our stay.
There's simply too much to do and see within walking distance.  

Coupled with fantastic service {and I really mean world class}, magazine-worthy decor, a shower that feels like heaven, a bed that invokes involuntary urges to hibernate, and a balcony view that resembles a painting - I really can't imagine a better way to experience the V&A Waterfront.

And, with Cape Town having just been named the top travel destination for 2014 by the New York Times, there's really no better time to visit than the present.  Hint, hint.

Should you decide to book a plane ticket, here are a few of our Waterfront favorites:

Sevruga, which is one of our all-time favorite restaurants.
{Their sushi and dim sum are 1/2 price daily between 12:00 & 6:00pm}
Life Grand Cafe, for sunset tapas and drinks {a bit on the pricey side for dinner}
Willoughby & Co, for the best sushi in South Africa {seriously!}
The Grand Beach Cafe, for vibe, cocktails, and an amazing view
Quay Four, for good old fashioned fish and chips
Market on the Wharf, for trendy food stalls with a South African flair
Two Oceans Aquarium, for penguins, sea turtles, and everything else under the sea
The Yard in the Silo District, for incredible coffee, cocktails, tapas and indian food
The Spa at the Silo Hotel, for a good dose of pampering
The Zeitz MOCAA, for beautiful architecture and contemporary African art 

And while we're raving about South Africa, here's a link to a video that captures so much of what I love about this adopted country of mine. Goose-bump worthy!

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A huge thanks to Lawhill Luxury Apartments for hosting us during our stay!  
As always, all opinions are my own.


  1. Beautiful! This looks like a lovely place to stay in Capetown (so much better than where I stayed last time). I'll definitely pocket this suggestion for when I return. :)

  2. can you please stop making me miss CT so much? especially Sevruga - we went there like once a week!

  3. Yep, I wish I was there. I. Wish. I. Was. There.

    <3 Daryl
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  4. Very nice! Beautiful! I think Ced's parents stayed in those apartments once and also loved it!

  5. What a beautiful place to stay! When I went to Capetown I was in a hotel but this looks like an even better way to do it!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  6. i wish to travel Cape town someday.. thanks for sharing.. do you want to follow each other on GFC?


  7. I've never been abroad so your blog fascinates me. I have also always loved the idea of visiting Africa from a young ages, mainly due to Disney's film 'The Lion King'.. hope you know what film I'm talking about!! You also inspire me to work harder and save harder so I can work towards and fund (the biggest problem) my travelling dreams. Really do like your posts. x

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  9. Great Post annd very Informative. Thanks for sharing. These apartments looks really beautifull. I just loved it. I am really glad to find your Post.

  10. Cape Town! Living in Johannesburg, Cape Town is almost like the favourite sister in the family on South Africa. can't deny that its fantastic there.

    I have this spot just outside Mcdonalds where the mountain and the ferris wheel look just perfect :)

  11. Top 10 Attractions in Cape Town:

    1. Cape Point
    2. Chapman's Peak Drive
    3. Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
    4. Noordhoek Farm Village
    5. Mariner's Wharf
    6. Cape Point Vineyards
    7. Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay
    8. Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie
    9. Cape Point Ostrich Farm
    10. Fish Hoek Beach

  12. so fabulous. i cannot WAITTTT to go back to SA and visit cape town. i fell in love with the country when i visited last month!!

    xo welltraveledwife.com

  13. It's such an amazing place in SA

  14. Love that dramatic background Jenn!


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